Jethmalani cross examines Jaitley in the AAP defamation case

Jethmalani and Jaitley spar in the Delhi High Court over the Civil defamation case against AAP

Delhi High Court witnessed the much awaited cross examination of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley by his onetime Guru and now arch rival Ram Jethmalani. The cross examination happened at a Joint Registrar’s room. From the beginning Jethmalani started entertaining the jam packed crowd in the small room saying that he loves people coming to hear him cross and the next time a much bigger room should be allotted to accommodate the crowd. Jaitley preferred to sit and Jethmalani preferred to stand during the proceedings.

Jethmalani’s assisting counsels kept jabbing that Jaitley’s lawyers’ were prompting him.

While the other AAP leaders were present, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal did not come to the Court to witness the proceedings of the Civil Defamation case of Rs. 10 crore filed by Jaitley against them in connection with the allegation of corruption in DDCA (Delhi District Cricket Association), during Jaitley’s leadership.

First question to Jaitley was about his legal back ground and then swiftly Jethmalani started asking Jaitley about the intricacies of Civil Laws. Jaitley’s lawyers started objecting to Jethmalani’s tricky questions on the intricacies of Civil Law to browbeat him. Many a time Jaitley’s lawyers and Jethmalani’s assisting counsels were sparring. Jethmalani’s assisting counsels kept jabbing that Jaitley’s lawyers’ were prompting him.

Jaitley’s one answer made everyone to laugh. When Jaitley claimed that he came to knew about the CBI raid at Kejriwal’s office through the media. Jethmalani retorted that no one will believe this. Jethmalani asked the same question in many ways to try and unsettle Jaitley, but he stuck to his stand.

The veteran lawyer that he is, Jethmalani tried all his tricks to provoke Jaitley and the Finance Minister who is also a senior advocate, maintained his calm. Jaitley came across as a sober, though studiously listening to answer the tricky questions of Jethmalani. Many times Jaitley’s lawyers asked Jethmalani not to shout. The ace lawyer shot back, telling them to learn to smile and not to lose calm over his questions by changing the tone.

He asked Jaitley about the difference between two words – Reputation and Goodwill.

Jaitley lawyer’s also countered Jethmalani by asking him to repeat the question and sometimes they said that they could not understand his questions. “I am not your law teacher to make you understand,” shot back Jethmalani with a full voice.

The cross examination which started around 11:30 am went up to 3pm with an hour lunch break. After a series of questions on civil law, Jethmalani started testing Jaitley’s proficiency in English language by asking meaning of many terms such as ‘unquantified’ in the petition. Then he started asking on how much value for reputation kind tricky questions.

He asked Jaitley about the difference between two words – Reputation and Goodwill. Jaitley said there were overlapping areas and that there is not much difference between the two. Hearing this Jethmalani started waving Webster’s Dictionary. He said even a crook can gain goodwill by giving favors to people when in power. But reputation is not like that. That was a remark to prick Jaitley, who maintained his composure despite the theatrics of Jethmalani.

In the afternoon Jethmalani concentrated on the DDCA corruption issues and CBI raid in Kejriwal’s office. Jaitley said he had noticed several allegations of Kejriwal in the past and did not care because it was on political issues.

Jethmalani cross examination will continue on Tuesday too. Jethmalani ended by boasting on his health at the age of 94 by saying that all this time he stood and Jaitley who is very much younger sat during the procedure. Advocates say, Jethmalani will stretch it for long and Jaitley has to face the crossing of other five AAP leaders. As this is a civil case, the crossing will be recorded in Registrar’s room and arguments will be happen in the Court. As Jaitley claimed Rs.10 crores in damages, the matter came to High Court. A similar kind of cross examination will happen in the criminal defamation case file by Jaitley in the trial court.

Many lawyers and law students eagerly watched the proceedings, apart from media. Everyone had come to see the sparring between two eminent legal personalities.

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8 COMMENTS

  1. Jetmalani has every right to cross examine Jaitley in all cases . Jaitley thinking as he is FM and no one will show a finger on him but law mente for every one, being a mister you can not take every thinking for granted. Who are you to control media and sending wrong message to world. God bless our Great Nation India.

  2. There are numerous grammatical errors in this article. Please proofread before publishing. I come to this website for honest reporting but ensuring correct grammar and spelling would improve the website a lot.

  3. why do people get carried away by these sensational stuff that are mere distractions? Here Jethmalani is simply milkin money by defending his client in a defamation case and is neither a saint trying to establish the truth nor using his legal exp in much larger issue of prosecuting the right person.
    Just a time pass…

  4. it is absolutely clear that people like Jethmalani or Arun Shourie or Shatrughan Sinha are miffed because they were not included in the cabinet and hence trying to avenge through various means. The real question is–why is PGURUS giving them so much of publicity?. We keep talking about Hindu cause but isn’t it ironical that we still can’t overcome petty grudges and selfish interests? PGURUS must amend its ways if it wants to remain relevant with the ‘right; thinking majority of our country. We already have NDTVs and AajTaks of the world to spread lies and concoct stories

  5. Jethmalani must be trying to settle his anger with Jaitley. Old man used this cross examination opportunity to poke Jaitley. For him it is fun

  6. Courts are becoming a forum for inanities, irrelevances and insanities and immoralities of all onto it. This is how people and institutions earn irreverence, lose reverence.

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